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I’ve had a wee look through the the last few days posts, but I’ve seen nothing on this story, which I found a bit strange.

I realise that this is not going to be available to most within the next few years but still, I found the story very promising for future treatments.

The guy had one area on his spine that needed renewed and I know our problems are multiple areas, but all the same, looks promising.

I was very interested in this when I saw it on the news. I wonder whether anyone is looking at whether this regeneration would work for people with MS. Definitely a question to ask your neuro, peoples!

I was really interested in this also when i saw it on the news.

Stem cell therapy is the way forward i think to repair damage done. I believe the new drugs becoming available are making good progress in stopping us getting to the stage where we need stem cells. (just my personal thoughts)

It will be good for spms and ppms particularily.

Its all very exciting news for us with ms.

I fear a treatment is a few years away yet though. Its very early stages.

I am in no doubt that research into this treatment will be done very soon - if it’s not already started.

Very interesting!!!

Teresa.x

Yes, I had wanted to post about it, but then thought: “Oh, s*d it, nobody else is interested enough to mention it”. And of course, there is the big BUT that it wasn’t for MS.

The limitation I foresee is that it needed nerve fibres from elsewhere in the patient’s body, to act as “scaffold” for the regenerated connections to form along. Obviously, as traumatic spinal injury is - for most people - a once in a lifetime thing, you would not expect to have to repeat the exercise.

But with MS being an ongoing/recurring process, I wonder how many times - if at all - the process could be repeated? Pretty soon you’d run out of places to harvest nerve fibres from. So unless they find a way patients could accept nerve fibres from dead donors (all a bit yucky, not to mention problems with rejection etc.) OR they find a way to grow them artificially in the lab, that looks likely to be the sticking point.

Then again, I don’t know how often, on average, new spinal cord lesions appear in MS. I suppose, if you’re lucky, you might go several years without a catastrophic one forming, and in that case, it would be worth doing the repair, as it could be some time before the benefits are undone. Then again, you might be very unlucky, and get a new lesion just weeks after the op, in which case it would all have been for nothing. :frowning:

T.

This is the Barts & London take on it.

Saw this one a while back. Stem cells are definitely the way forward. Once that are proven to work in SPMS I will be the first in the queue :slight_smile: Problem is with the CNS/Brain they don’t know when to switch off from what I’ve been told by my MS Nurse and Neurologist and tumors follow on from that :frowning: One Medical Centre in Thailand that specialises in stem cells says that right now stem cells work to a certain point but the MS symptoms come back within a year or so.

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